The NCCB developed and piloted Community Wise, a multi-level intervention informed by critical consciousness theory, to reduce clients’ substance use frequency, HIV/HCV risk behaviors, and reoffending.
The role of drugs and alcohol in Newark, NJ
This project aimed to: (1) examine the role of alcohol and other drug use in Newark's distressed neighborhoods and (2) identify these communities’ needs for substance use disorders treatment.
From incarceration to community
Recent changes in state and federal drug policies have significantly increased the number of people returning from incarceration to communities. This project aimed to understand the lived experiences of individuals as they transition from incarceration into the various communities of Newark, NJ.
Long shot or Picture perfect?
People transitioning from incarceration into the community took photos, and organized an exhibit. The photos identified challenges people face as they navigate reentry into the community and resources they found helpful. We also sought to identify solutions to the challenges raised by participants.
Interagency Collaboration Implementation-NJ
This project is an extension of Project ICI-NY. We interviewed 140 HIV and substance use disorder service providers working at 11 Newark agencies, in order to better understand how they collaborate with each other and how such collaborations might impact evidence-based interventions that seek to reduce the incidence of HIV and substance use.
Newark Community Collaborative Board (NCCB), a Diverse Group of Researchers, Service Providers and Community Members
work together to build a healthier and safer city
The NCCB is a community collaborative board comprising 20 Newark-area residents, consumers, researchers and service providers in the field of substance use disorders and related health disparities (e.g.: HIV, HCV, incarceration). We work together to build safer and healthier communities in Newark, NJ through engagement in participatory action research and advocacy.
Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR) is a collaborative research approach where community members, researchers, service providers, consumers, government representatives, funders, and other stakeholders join together at each step of the research process with the aim to improve conditions in their communities. If you are interested in engaging in CBPR to improve health in New Jersey, we may be just what you are looking for!